Batter Up! Take a Swing at The Colorado Curveball!

The newest Ballpark Mysteries book (now available!) takes place in Denver Colorado for the Colorado Rockies’ Opening Day. BUT IT’S SNOWING! What will Mike and Kate do?

The Colorado Curveball

Luckily, the stadium has a heater that can melt the fluffy flakes in time for that day’s game. But when the ballpark engineers get a mysterious note saying that someone may tamper with the scoreboard, the snow becomes the least of the cousins’ problems. It’s time for Mike and Kate to switch into sleuth mode and solve a mystery that will take them underground, a mile above sea level, and even face to face with a dinosaur!

A Williamsport Win

Join Mike and Kate in Williamsport PA for the biggest Little League Baseball World Series yet! In THE WORLD SERIES KIDS, Mike and Kate are cheering on their hometown team, from Cooperstown NY, which is competing in the Little League World Series. But the competition gets tricky when someone starts trying to sabotage Cooperstown’s team–they punch holes in the tires of their bus, and the team’s equipment goes missing! Can Mike and Kate find the trickster before it’s too late? Or will these shenanigans cost Cooperstown the series?

The World Series Kids

A Big Babe Ruth Mystery in Baltimore!

Swing for the fences–or, should I say the B&O Warehouse! Mike and Kate are in Baltimore at Camden Yards for a Baltimore Orioles game, but someone has made off with Babe Ruth’s baseball glove! Can Mike and Kate find it? Will they get some help from a friendly oriole–or is that a parrot? Read THE BALTIMORE BANDIT, Ballpark Mysteries #15, to find out

The Baltimore Bandit

A Big Apple Mets vs. Yankees Mystery!

Kate and Mike are back in the Big Apple (aka New York City) for a Subway Series between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees. But soon, someone hands them a mysterious note with a riddle and then strange things start happening at the Mets ballpark.

Ballpark Mysteries Super Special #3 – Mets vs. Yankees!

Can Mike and Kate discover who the mysterious note writer is? Can they uncover what’s behind the disruptions at the Mets game? Read the latest Ballpark Mysteries Super Special, the SUBWAY SERIES SURPRISE, to find out! And don’t forget to read up on Mike and Kate’s first adventure in New York City, the PINSTRIPE GHOST!

Summer Reading Tips

Great article on summer reading tips from the Washington Post, including a nice mention of the Ballpark Mysteries. One librarian got her son hooked on the Ballpark Mysteries books, and he used them as a jumping off point to explore the wider world around him. From the article:

Knowing her son is obsessed with baseball, Icaza helped him discover the Ballpark Mystery Series. “It clicked for him and he read the whole series,” she says. In fact, one summer, they went on vacation and he got a minor league baseball directory at a ballpark. He read about each team in the country. “It sounds very boring, but for him, he was learning about the mascots, and I liked it because he was learning about what cities were in different states.”

The Capital Catch

The latest Ballpark Mysteries book is now out!

The Capital Catch

In The Capital Catch, Mike and Kate travel to Washington D.C. to watch as Washington Nationals game. But before they make it to the game, Mike gets to meet the President of the United States! And the President has a problem–someone’s stealing things from his brother, a star player on the Washington Nationals’ team! Can Mike and Kate help the commander-in-chief catch a criminal?

Washington DC Fans – Book Signing

Attention all Washington DC-area Ballpark Mysteries fans! I’ll be signing books at Hooray for Books in Alexandria, Virginia on Wednesday, November 2nd, at 6pm! Please stop by to say hello or pick up a signed Ballpark Mysteries or MVP book. And although I can’t share it with you yet, this is a bit of a warm up for February, when the Washington Nationals’ Ballpark Mystery, THE CAPITAL CATCH, comes out!

The Capital Catch
The Capital Catch

Kirkus reviews the MVP series

The first review for my new chapter book series from Random House is in, and it’s good! Kirkus reviewed the first book of my Most Valuable Players series, THE GOLD MEDAL MESS, in their March 15th edition.

The book, set at an elementary school, features five friends who are getting ready for their school’s Olympics field day. There will be relay races, archery contests, and more! But not everyone wants to play fair—someone is trying to ruin the events! Can the kids in the Most Valuable Player club solve the mystery, save the Olympics, and take home the gold?

MVP #1 – The Gold Medal Mess

You’ll have to read the book to find out if the kids win a medal, but from the Kirkus review of THE GOLD MEDAL MESS, it looks like the book takes home the gold! Kirkus declares:

“This series opener is a promising venture into early Matt Christopher territory.”

“Along with plenty of sports action and sterling detective work to appreciate, Kelly offers readers a chance to ponder the contrast between the priorities of the culprit, a multimedalist from the previous year jealously unwilling to be upstaged, and Nico, who abruptly quits a race he’s about to win when he spots the saboteur at work. A quick set of facts and photos from the official Olympic Games cap this series opener.”

Stay tuned for more. The GOLD MEDAL MESS comes out May 24th, 2016.